Nina Yasmineh is a singer songwriter from NYC. She has just released her new single ‘Prophecy’ and we love it.
We caught up with Nina to chat music and discuss the cool story about where the title to her first EP came from:
Tell us a bit about yourself (where you grew up, when you first started singing/songwriting).
I grew up in Minnesota, near Minneapolis. I always loved to sing and I first started writing songs when I was about 12 years old. I also took piano and guitar lessons. In high school, I performed at local coffee shops and did open mic nights. I moved to NYC to attend New York University in 2009 and have been living here ever since.
Sum up your sound in 3 words.
Bittersweet, striking, seductive
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
I’ve always been a fan of pop music and the guilty pleasures of Top 40 so I think it’s fun to channel some of that, like with catchy hooks and synth lines. But I also grew up listening to more introspective and honest singer-songwriters and I definitely try to write my lyrics in that same vein.
Tell us a bit about your EP, ‘Seven Years’. Is there any hidden meaning behind the name?
The title ‘Seven Years’ was inspired by an experience I had a few years ago when I was still at NYU. A man in line in front of me at Starbucks, a seemingly average business man, turned around and said he could tell I was an artist by my hands. Then he asked me my birthday, did some calculating in his head and said that in seven years I would do something artistic that the world would consider truly great. It was like a bizarre prophecy (speaking of ‘Prophecy’…) and I found it really inspiring. It seemed like a fitting reference for that EP because it was the first time that I did all the recording and production myself and it was a big step for me artistically.
The energetic new track called ‘Prophecy’ is taken from your latest EP ‘Finest Hour’, and is causing quite a stir. Are you planning on releasing an album at some point?
At some point I probably will release an album but for now, since I’m doing everything myself, I’ll probably stick to releasing singles and small collections of songs.
We love discovering new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to at the moment?
Well most of these artists are newer but still pretty well-known at this point: lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Haim, Iggy Azalea, Tove Lo and Betty Who.
What is next for you? Are you planning a tour?
I’m going to be filming a music video for ‘Prophecy’ soon. I don’t know about a full tour but I will be performing around NYC this summer!
Have a watch of the video for the illustrious ‘Prophecy’ for some evening reconciliation.
The beautiful ‘Finest Hour’ EP can be purchased here.
Sounds like: Ladyhawke, Ellie Goulding, Austra, La Roux, Lorde, Tove Lo, Indiana, Madonna, Lady Gaga